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Bonaire’s Cargill Salt Ponds Designated a Shorebird Site of Regional Significance

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SaltPonds_PeterNijenhuis-768x512Because I am passionate about the Cabo Rojo Salt Flats (very close to where I was raised in southwestern Puerto Rico) and its surprising local fauna, this article from BirdsCaribbean (2 May 2018) caught my eye. I would love to visit Bonaire’s Cargill Salt Ponds, a sitedesignated as a Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network (WHSRN) site of Regional Importance.

Imagine a vast expanse of rectangular saline ponds in surreal colors – pinks, turquoises, greens – that reach out towards the horizon, flanked by a collection of enormous, immaculately white pyramids of salt. It’s an extraordinary landscape, with an eerie beauty.

Now, there is something even more remarkable about Bonaire’s Cargill Salt Ponds. BirdsCaribbean is excited to share the fantastic news that this important stopover and wintering site for migratory birds has been designated a Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network (WHSRN) site of Regional Importance. This is the…

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